Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Pets
  3. General Pets

Learn about chinchillas as exotic pets (videos)

See also

When it comes to choosing a pet not many people think of chinchillas. These exotic pets come from South America and are known for having a shy or cautious nature. They are cute animals that resemble rabbits; and it is their soft, plus fur that makes them attractive pets. Though they look like cuddly stuffed animals, most pet owners are disappointed to find they don’t tolerate handling well. For the perfectly matched pet owner; however, they can be a perfect choice. Chinchillas have a long lifespan and can live up to 15 years. Because they are high strung, and active by nation with a tendency to bite, they do not make a suitable pet for young children.

Due to chinchillas' natural temperaments and disdain for handling, it’s important to purchase chinchillas from breeders rather than pet stores. Breeders often work with chinchillas from birth ensuring they are used to being handled and this reduces the amount of stress the animal feels. For those willing to take the time needed to ensure they have selected a well-socialized pet, and who are dedicated to providing the supplies, atmosphere and living arrangements suitable for chinchillas, this rodent can be a wonderful addition to your home.

Please see the video above for more information regarding chinchillas.

Chinchillas (Animal Planet Pet Care Library)

Lost cat presumed dead, found alive after 12 years due to ear tattoo (videos)

Charisse Van Horn is the owner of the Pets and their Peeps blog. You may follow Pets and Peeps on Facebook.



  • Randy Travis
    Randy Travis returns with 'Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am' in August
    Today's Buzz
  • Alternative medicine
    Alternative medicine: Remedies to make the bugs in your body go away for good
    7 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    10 Photos
  • Back to school
    These 10 items are sure winners on your back-to-school shopping trip
    12 Photos
  • Izabel Goulart
    Izabel Goulart walks the runway with Studio F at Colombia Moda
    19 Photos
  • Ombre' technique
    Go for the gusto: What ombre' technique are you?
    5 Photos

Related Videos: